When Vince Vaughn made a huge splash as the “money” L.A. skirt-chaser in 1996’s Swingers, Hollywood knew it liked what it saw. But it wasn’t sure exactly what to do with him. Trent was a machine-gun-mouthed life-of-the-party who drew women — “beautiful babies,” in Trentspeak — like flies, and the tall, kinetic Vaughn was immediately propelled to the top of the lists for new leading man.
Steven Spielberg himself plucked him to be in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Vaughn subsequently starred with Joaquin Phoenix in a pair of indie dramas, Clay Pigeons and Return to Paradise. Gus Van Sant then cast him as his Norman in his ill-fated, shot-by-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. It really wasn’t until 2003, when Vaughn teamed up with director Todd Phillips and Will Ferrell for Old School, that Vaughn finally let loose as a bona fide comic force, and he’s never really looked back.
But after the lukewarm debut of The Internship — the latest in a string of broad, instantly forgettable comedies — perhaps it’s time for Vaughn to step back and diversify his acting portfolio.
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